Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

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An Honest Letter to Soon-To-Be Freshmen from a Soon-To-Be Senior
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Team Meliora: Turning Trash Into Homes
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Five Tips for College Classes
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35 Things Study Abroad Gave Me
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Summer Chronicles: A Grand Return Sprinkled with Pre-College Fun
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How to Succeed in Your Admissions Essay
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Why Everyone Should Study Abroad
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The Exciting Transition of Senior Year: What I’m Looking Forward To
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Rochester International Jazz Festival
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Top Five Favorite Social Programs on Campus

An Honest Letter to Soon-To-Be Freshmen from a Soon-To-Be Senior

Dear incoming freshmen! Although I have no idea who you are, you may know my face and name. We’ll probably run into each other on campus at some point, so come say hi any time (if you want to). Anyway, not trying to sound too old, but when I was in your position almost four[…]

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Team Meliora: Turning Trash Into Homes

A group of four recent Rochester graduates are truly making the world ever better. Imagine you were forced to move away from your home and lose everything. Imagine you now have to live in poorly insulated tents, work underpaid jobs, and rely on international help to make ends meet. This is the situation in Syria, and[…]

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Five Tips for College Classes

After getting accepted to the University of Rochester and filling out all the necessary paperwork, the next thing on my to-do list was registering for classes. I later realized that I would pick my classes after meeting with my pre-major advisor during Orientation, and that course registration would happen a few days before classes started.[…]

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35 Things Study Abroad Gave Me

1. An inspiration for fashion. 2. Amazing friends! 3. The chance to start new habits. 4. A preference to use active transportation. 5. A passion for caring for the environment. 6. An interest in studying cigarette smoking habits. 7. A deeper understanding of noncommunicable diseases. 8. Aspirations to travel even more. 9. Fascination with the British royal[…]

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Summer Chronicles: A Grand Return Sprinkled with Pre-College Fun

Finally, I have returned to the greatest land known to man… or to the handful of college students that go here… Rochester, New York. After weeks of longing for this beauty, my plane has landed. As quickly as my sabbatical in Jamaica had ended, my first meeting as a Pre-College Counselor had begun. Ahh, summertime[…]

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How to Succeed in Your Admissions Essay

by Kayon Ellis, admissions counselor Hi, everyone! As you can imagine, my colleagues and I read a lot of admissions essays every year. We enjoy getting to know our applicants this way and reading your stories. We also know this can be one of the most stressful parts of the application process. So I’ve come[…]

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Why Everyone Should Study Abroad

My study abroad experience in Japan has come to an end, and when I look back on the last three months, words cannot describe what an amazing experience it was. During my time in Japan, I have met so many wonderful people, learned a new language, and traveled on my own. These are some of the experiences[…]

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The Exciting Transition of Senior Year: What I’m Looking Forward To

It may just be a side effect of the severe jet lag I’ve been feeling since leaving Canberra, Australia, to travel all the way back to my hometown in Ohio, but I can’t seem to stop thinking about transitions. For example, the transition from Canberra local time to Ohio local time, which is a 14-hour difference,[…]

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Rochester International Jazz Festival

Summer is festival season in Rochester and we have many arts and music festivals for locals and students to enjoy. Recently, I spent some time downtown enjoying a few of the 1,500+ artists that came to perform at the Rochester International Jazz Festival that took place between Friday, June 23 and Saturday, July 1. The Jazz[…]

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Top Five Favorite Social Programs on Campus

When I first came to college, I was worried that as a biomedical engineering major from India, I would never have the time or motivation to go out and socialize. Contrary to my expectations, that didn’t happen! The large number of activities organized at the University every week played an important role in my social[…]

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